Overview of APC / What is APC? / When is APC used?

In the first section basic qualities of Advanced Process Control (APC) are described to you.


Tools and functions

In this section, you will become more familiar with the APC functions that are available as standard features in the SIMATIC PCS 7 and with which tools these are employed.

Functions in SIMATIC PCS 7


Expanded PID control structures





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    Using APC

    Optimization of the process control / Finding weak points / APC candidates analyse

    Use of a multi-variable controller (MPC)

    Procedure to implement use of MPC / Example of costs/benefits of using MPC

    The destillation column

    Use of model predictive control (MPC) will be described using a distillation column by way of example.

    The distillation column

    Quality of the products

    Conventional PID control

    APC at the example of MPC

    Aim of the Tutorials

    The objective is precise and fast control of processes that typically involve several coupled input and output variables as well as measurable disturbances

    In the accompanying example, two lower-level PID control circuits in a cascade structure are operated using MPC.

    Requirements for the tutorial

    The tutorial requires the following:

    • Engineering station (ES)

    • SIMATIC PCS 7 V7.1 SP1

    • PCS 7 project "Distillation column"

    • S7 PLCSIM V5.4 or higher


    Incorporating MPC into the project and setting parameters.

    Configuring the tracking inputs

    Compiling the OS

    Requirements for the excursion signals

    5. Create an MPC model

    6. Commissioning MPC

    7. Operating and monitoring MPC